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ILSA Release New Track ‘Prosector’ As ‘Corpse Fortress’ To Drop Via Relapse Records This March



We are currently streaming “Prosector” from horror-obsessed, underground cult ILSA. The track comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length Corpse Fortress set for release this March via Relapse Records.


Comments the band, “A prosector dissects corpses for the intent of examination or demonstration. With this in mind, we present a short but sick track sprayed from our own gross guts.”


Writes Cvlt Nation of the record overall, “The D.C. band’s fifth full length finds them continuing to hammer skulls in with the sheer density of their blown out brand of sludge. Dirty and squealing with feedback, something about their sound has always felt streetwise…”



And if you missed it, stream ILSA’s previously released track “Hikikomori” via YouTubeHERE.


ILSA weaves together tales of depravity and devil worship on their Relapse debut Corpse Fortress.Recorded by Kevin Bernsten (Full Of Hell, Code Orange, Magrudergrind, Integrity) in Baltimore, Maryland at Developing Nations, Corpse Fortress delivers nine tracks forged in filth with dense layers of emotionally draining sludge, murky, primordial doom, and feedback-laden, crusty death metal. Corpse Fortress is easily the rawest, most abhorrent, and nasty album in ILSA‘s decade-long career and the perfect soundtrack for the initiated miscreants of this rapidly dying orb.


Corpse Fortress will drop March 2nd on CD, LP, deluxe LP and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads via all retail outlets HERE.


Formed in 2008, Washington, D.C.-based sextet ILSA has wasted no time in spreading its unique brand of cloying, compelling, death/doom throughout the underground and beyond. Ever since the release of their debut full-length The Maggots Are Hungry (Odium Generis Humani), ILSA has lived and breathed a raw musical lifestyle, producing nearly one effort every year, including three additional full-length LPs and three splits with like-minded extreme metal comrades Coffins, Seven Sisters Of Sleep, and Hooded Menace. Each release features the detailed black and white artwork of drummer Joshy Brettell, who also drums in the legendary hardcore act Integrity. The band has shown just as much ambition on the live circuit as well, performing at numerous festivals including Maryland Deathfest and various shows with Windhand, Noothgrush, Full Of Hell, Magrudergrind, and many others. After the May 2015 release of the band’s fourth album, The Felon’s Claw (A389 Recordings),ILSA signed to Relapse Records for their impending fifth album, Corpse Fortress. No Gods; No Masters.


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Siege Of Limerick Make Fifth and Final Announcement



BadReputation Ireland have now made their final announcement for the next Siege Of Limerick. Another varied affair in terms of style, but yet again another great batch of bands. 

 This Place Hell

This Place Hell will still be getting over once more with their new name. Their previous name ‘The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back’ had made them quite well known within the Irish scene so will in many cases have to convert people again to their cause. The new name may have breed new life into them, so they’ll without doubt leave this Siege a lot better known… 


Words That Burn

Words That Burn are making their return to the Siege and shall without doubt play an absolute blinder on the day! The lads have came a long way over the past couple of years and with a new single incoming, 2018 is set to continue that trend. I don’t know how they’ll better their previous material, but I’m sure the lads have something in the tank! Easily one of my favourite Irish bands. I still play ‘Regret Is For The Dead’ in full and it always blows me away! 



This is my formal introduction to this band, and while I have only listened to their single ‘Blind’ there’s enough here to suggest this band will be very good at the Siege. They mix a lot of styles in their music that on paper probably wouldn’t work, but this track really impressed me! I shall divulge deeper! 



Dublin based Sectile are a band I’m very familiar with. I absolutely love their self titled debut EP and saw them live for the first time last December. There’s a real buzz about this band at present and it’s easy to see why. Gabriel is a fantastic front man and he has a really solid band backing him up. They won’t be pacing the stage or the like, but they will deliver a flawless set start to finish and win many over at this Siege. A band really going places this year! Mark my words! 



I’m familiar with Carlow based Subsist for a number of years now. They’ve been jinxed with line up changes over the years and really halted their development in many regards. They are kicking off 2018 with the Siege so hopefully they can keep a solid unit and have a real crack at it this year. They’re undoubtedly a very talented young band so lets hope things go better this time round…




Belfast based Korvid are a real hybrid of Doom/Death metal and do it very well. Not a lot more I can say here really. They’ll be one of the highlights for some at this Siege. A very good band!  


That’s the final announcement for the next Siege. Another stacked card start to finish and will be up there with the best Siege Of Limericks. There’s no weak band on this line up…. 

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If you reckon you are pissed off about this summer’s heat? Spare a thought for Mackay’s Sanctum & Solace, who are dropping fire AF hardcore tracks, straight out of the thick AF tropical humidity of North Queensland. Today, they are releasing ‘1096’, new single from their EP ‘Made Wrong’, which will be released on Friday February 23rd on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and all good digital outlets.

The ‘1096’ lyric video drops today as well, telling a pretty damning story of being an alcoholic and the terrible effects of such addiction. The lyrics follow a first-person point-of-view perspective on a person’s mental struggle with the addiction and it’s effects. 

The band have been in operation since 2013 and have found themselves with a strong foothold in the Queensland heavy music scene due to an undeniably awesome work and tour ethic, playing a tonne of shows this year and last and have been packing out shows up and down the QLD coast. 

The outfit put out singles Taedium Vitae and Slave in  2017 to an awaiting fanbase, which was the first taste of this new music. They received some love from triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud., Hysteria, Heavy Mag, The Faction and more. Along the way, they have played along side the likes of Aussie bands Deadlights, Vitals, Promethean, Stepson and She Cries Wolf, the band has received overwhelming responses from everywhere they’ve played. 

Their new EP ‘Made Wrong’, was mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves at Tall Tree Studios which has now sadly closed down. Gareth Hargreaves at Tall Tree Studios recorded the band’s energetic take on hardcore music, using all live takes of the band in the studio – capturing the energy of the band’s brutal energy on stage. 

James Levin, guitarist for the band, wants everyone to know “Made Wrong is the sum total of our energy and output of last year – we are more than keen to put these tracks out into the world so everyone else can get around them. More touring and more new music this year for us. Can’t Wait.”


For more information, please go to facebook.com/sanctumandsolaceofficial

The ‘Made Wrong’ EP will be available for pre-order from this Friday January 21 on iTunes and Bandcamp and the singles on Spotify.

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BAILER stream new single ‘Feel It More’ Self Titled EP ‘BAILER’ out 9th February 2018 via Distroy Records



Metal/hardcore quartet BAILER are streaming their new single ‘Feel It More’, the second track to be taken from their self-titled EP – due for release on 9th February via Distro-y Records. Following on from 2017’s PTSD and 2016’s Shaped By The Landscape, BAILER is an ambitious collection of tracks that showcase a band who have truly discovered their sound.

“We all get caught up in the heat of the moment sometimes, and it makes it hard for us to stand back and take it all in,” the band comment of the track. “We wrote this song at a time where it was really easy for us to see everything for what it was and really feel it. Those moments can be rare these days.”



Pre-order BAILER here: http://hyperurl.co/bailerep3

The band have also announced live dates in support of the new record, including three EP launch shows in Ireland and a headline tour in Russia. 

Full dates so far are as follows: 

27.01.2018 – Waterford IE, Central Arts (pre-launch show) 
16.02.2018 – Tambov RU, Molotov Club 
17.02.2018 – Tolyatti RU, Kirpich Cafe 
18.02.2018 – Ufa RU, Rocks Cafe 
19.02.2018 – Chelyabinsk RU, Ozz Club 
20.02.2018 – Kurgan RU, Legenda Bar 
21.02.2018 – Tyumen RU, Rocketa Club 
22.02.2018 – Izhevsk RU, 8kwt Club 
23.02.2018 – Glazov RU, Hard Machine Club 
24.02.2018 – Cheboksary RU, SK Bar 
25.02.2018 – Moscow RU, TBC
03.03.2018 – Cork IE, An Spailpin Fanach (EP launch)
09.03.2018 – Dublin IE, DBD (EP launch) 
10.03.2018 – Galway IE, Roisin Dubh (EP launch) 


Returning to work with Murdock’s Aidan Cunningham, BAILER is relentless from the get-go as the merciless ‘Lying For A Living’ brings the listener up to speed in a riotous fashion, while the likes of ‘Tuesday Blues’ and ‘Death Is A Reminder’ take a filthier route, reminiscent of Cancer Bats. Since forming in 2015 BAILER have pricked the ears of many other musicians, with some familiar faces lending their vocals to this latest EP. Adam Carroll formerly of Zoax, Xander Coughlan of Emigra and Kevin ‘Lefty’ Letford of Red Enemy all feature, adding their own slice of character to the record.
With a small discography the four-piece have impressively garnered attention from Metal Hammer, Kerrang! Radio presenter Alex Baker, Metal Injection and Heavy Blog Is Heavy, an achievement that is no mean feat for a band so early into their career. BAILER have spent their short time as a band building up a strong reputation in their home ground, having played shows alongside Norma Jean, Sick Of It All, Employed To Serve, HECK, Murdock, Shields, Red Enemy and more.

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Slayer Announce Farewell Tour

Slayer Announce Farewell Tour




Slayer have announced they are to play a farewell tour. The band released this very brief statement. 

“The End is Near…Slayer to tour the world one more time…” 



I knew this day was coming. Slayer headlined Bloodstock 2016 and when the band were onstage Tom said ‘Please forgive me for what I am about to do. I’m sorry…’ and walked off stage almost in tears. I’m surprised it wasn’t really mentioned anywhere at the time, but many were probably a bit partied out by that stage… 

Tom can barely move on stage now after years of touring. Neck/back surgeries. I can imagine it wasn’t getting any easier! 

This day was always coming due to multiple things Tom also said in 2016 such as  ‘After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension’. He still loved it however so obviously a tough final decision to make also saying,  “I like singing and just spitting that s—t out and convincing everybody that this guy is a f—ing maniac. It’s like acting. You feel the lyrics and you show them with your facial expressions, your body expressions, your intensity — I love that s—t.”

Tour details will be announced in due course and after seeing them 10+ times live. They never once disappointed me!! 

I think this is a fitting song to add to this sad, but also inevitable news…


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The ABSENCE Unveil Music Video For Title Track From New Album ‘A GIFT FOR THE OBSESSED’ Due March 23rd Via M-Theory Audio



January 19, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Tampa-based melodic death metal band THE ABSENCE will release “A Gift for The Obsessed,” their first album in eight years, through M-Theory Audio on March 23


Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, “‘A Gift for the Obsessed’ embodies many of the dynamics that THE ABSENCE stand for as a whole: melody, brutality, speed, dexterity, cadence, etc. — a truly comprehensive and cohesive listening experience indeed! The title of the album/song refers to that very moment when any artist or creator makes something to the integral point of satisfaction — when your craft meets your obsession in furious culmination, and you are finally able to take a step back, if only for just a moment, completely fulfilled by the fruits of your artistic labor. It‘s one of the most maddening yet needed satisfactions in life — exorcism through creation.”


“A Gift for The Obsessed” is THE ABSENCE’s first full-length since 2010’s acclaimed “Enemy Unbound” (Metal Blade Records), and is the first to feature their current lineup. Led by founding members Stewart and Jeramie Kling (drums) along with longtime bass player Mike Leon (Soulfly, Havok, Arsis), the group now features the high-flying guitar work of Joey Concepcion (Jasta, Armageddon) and Taylor Nordberg (Soilwork, Ribspreader), who made their debut on the band’s self-released digital single, “Septic Testament,” in 2016. 


“Septic Testament” is one of 10 tracks on the band’s new album, the LP edition of which will feature red/black haze colored vinyl, a heavyweight 24-pt. jacket, a color lyric sheet and a download card. The record also includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” that features guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra). Pre-orders are available at this location www.m-theoryaudio.com/store


“A Gift for The Obsessed” was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry), while the cover was created by Russian artist Stray Child.


On the new album and the making of the music video, Leon said, “The album turned out even more killer than we could have expected. The video shoot for ‘A Gift For The Obsessed’ was a blast as well. We shot it at Bay Stage Live here in Tampa, where Taylor and I work, with Jeramie’s wife Deidra Kling handling most of the camera duties, and we had Tommy Jones (Slayer, Death Angel) supply his editing wizardry!”  In addition to signing to M-Theory Audio, THE ABSENCE have teamed up with Jonny and Marsha Zazula’s CraZed Management. Tour dates will be announced soon.


THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.


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